A dictionary definition of a Garden Trowel reads thus:-
You could think that one trowel is the same as all the rest but each has it’s plus points. Here is our 10 of the best. Read on to see what they have to offer and discover which is right for you.
- Sophie Conran Trowel: This Ladies Trowel is manufactured by Burgon and Ball to their same high standards but designed with a smaller handle so is really comfy to hold. Made from a high quality stainless steel, this trowel head has gently curving backstops which prevents soil spillage. It’s also pretty good at transferring compost from bags to pots as it acts almost like a scoop.2. Radius Trowel. If you suffer from arthritis or your wrist aches when working with a trowel I urge you to try a Radius Trowel. The curved handle aligns the wrist minimising strain. It is surprising light to hold and the comfy green handle gives a secure grip even when it’s wet. Try it and cure at least one of your aches and pains!3. Old Dutch Style Planting Trowel from Sneeboer. This is something special and is said to be Monty Don’s favourite . If you watch Gardener’s World you will certainly see him reach for this time and again. It has a longer handle measuring 27cm and can be used by holding at the end for reaching into the back of the borders or near the head for closer work. The pointed head will easily break up soil making planting a doddle. You can make seed drills, divide small perennials or get the most stubborn and well rooted plants out of pots. Well made and described as a tool for life you can understand why Monty likes it!4. World’s Best Gardener Trowel. A great present for the gardening enthusiast. A solid well made trowel from Spear and Jackson with “World’s Best Gardener” engraved on the stainless steel head. It comes with a 10 year guarantee and will remind the gardener of just how good he is every time he uses it!5. Garden Girl Trowel. A favourite amongst the ladies. This trowel has a painted pink wooden handle plus quite a narrow carbon steel head with depth markings. This is particularly useful when planting bulbs.6. Florabrite Trowel. If you are constantly putting down a tool and then forgetting where you left it then this could be for you. The handle is painted in reflective florescent pink which glows under torch light. Find where you left it even when it’s dark. Bright enough to stand out from any undergrowth. This trowel from Burgon and Ball is endorsed by the RHS so you know it does the job well.7. DeWit Bottle Opener Trowel. There’s nothing like a bottle of beer to quench a bloke’s thirst down on the allotment and this garden trowel head incorporates the shaped bottle opener. Made from tough boron steel and to the same high quality as all DeWit tools this would make a great gift for the thirsty gardener.8) Strawberry Thief Garden Trowel. Sometimes only a pretty trowel will do. One that is feminine, decorative but still does the job too. One of our most popular which falls into this category is this ergonomically shaped trowel finished in the instantly recognisable William Morris Strawberry Thief design. Smooth to hold and glides through the soil. 9. Burgon & Ball Mid handled Trowel. As it’s title suggests this trowel has a longer handle so it is the perfect implement for reaching into the backs of borders and especially useful for working in raised beds. The total length of the trowel measures 48cm, it is endorsed by the RHS and comes with a Lifetime Guarantee – can’t be bad!10. Garden Diva Trowel: We couldn’t finish this list without adding our very own engraved trowel. Made exclusively for us by Sneeboer this little heart shaped tool will serve the lady gardener well for years. Use for all things a trowel should do plus with it’s sharp pointed end easily make seed drills and divide small plants.So that’s it – our exploration into the humble trowel is complete. No tool box should be without one or two of these essential small garden tools. I certainly could not get by without mine. I’ll leave you to work out which ones I have!